Manuel Uhm, Ettus Research/National Instruments (NI)
Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are enabling significant leaps in science and technology, including the fields of digital signal processing (DSP) and radio frequency (RF) systems. Methods nominally labeled as "AI" have been applied to radio systems for decades, but always with the goal of optimizing the control plane of a hand-engineered system (e.g., "smart radios" or "cognitive radios"). Using a class of AI known as deep learning, we are now able to learn entirely new systems by processing sample data which can provide greater sensitivity, better performance, and reduced power consumption and processing requirements as compared to traditional approaches. The effect of this breakthrough methodology will be significant, and as with many new technologies, we will first see its use and impact in military systems.